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Old Bailey Proceedings, 31st August 1687.

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King's Commissions of the PEACE

And Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery of Newgate, held for the City of London and County of Middlesex, at Justice Hall in the


The 31st. of August and 1st. and 3d of September, 1687.

And in the 3d. Year of His Majesties Reign

AT the Sessions of Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery of Newgate; Held at Justice-Hall in the Old Bayly; on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, the 31st of August, and 1st and 3d of September, 1687 Before the Right Honourable Sir John Peak Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir John Tate , Kt. Recorder of the aforesaid City, with others of his Majesties Justices of the Peace, for London and Middlesex

The Jurors were as follow.

London Jury.

Edmund Noble

Robert Camport

William Fisher

Charles Fowler

Roger Ark ist

Henry Mortlack

Henry Hatly

Thomas Car y ,

Edmund Jaxon

John Janes

John Tooly

William Smith .

Middlesex Jury .

Thomas Arrundel

Thomas Saunders

John Francnling

Thomas Fly

John Treyford

William Thorne

Edward Swift

John Read

John Turney

William Baldwin

Thomas Skiping

John Reading .

The Proceedings were as follows, viz.

Thomas Griffith alias Griffin , and James Houghton , were Indicted together with one Johanes In Nubibus, or a person not yet found or taken, for the Murthering of Richard Stockall , of the Parish of St. Andrews Holbourn , on the 10th of July last, by giving him a Mortal Wound near the Right Pap, of which he instantly Dyed ; and putting themselves upon their Tryal, it appeared that on the day before-mentioned being Sunday, between two and three of the Clock in the Afternoon, divers Boys, and some Men, were a washing themselves in a Pond Scituate in the Ground of Mr. Griffith, at what time one Bob a Servant of his coming by, seized on the Cloaths of one John Hind a little Lad, who was about to wash amongst the rest, and carried them into his Master's house, and soon after Mr. Griffith with two other persons and a Dog coming out, he set the Dog upon the Naked Boy, which yet did no other harm than take him by the Hair of the Head, and so passing on towards Lambs Conduit, at his return he found the Boy had just gotten his Shirt of his Wife, upon which he again set the Dog upon him, who served him as before, and cryed after him stop Thief, upon which the Boy made his escape to the house of one Mr. Smith near to Griffiths; but upon the Rumour of what had happened, the Rable began to gather about Griffith's house to demand the Boys Cloaths, which being refused they fell to breaking the Windows, upon which Griffith sent for the Neighbouring Constables, and with their help seized upon several of the assailants, and forcing them into his house, kept them there Prisoners, but the Rable increasing every Moment and assaulting his house with greater violence, and he remaining obstinate as to the setting at liberty those he had taken, unless they would tell him their Names, or the Names of their Masters, &c. he at that time insisting much upon satisfaction for the Damage sustained, Mr. Houghton the other Prisoner, fetch'd about five files of Granadiers when as Mr. Griffith leaving two of them to guard his house, marched with the rest up Grays-Inn Lane to oppos the Rable, which were Numerous, but were so ho dy-charged from the Banks and advantageous places with Stones, Brickbats, &c. that one of the Souldiers was knock'd down, and others bruised at what time they Fired three Pieces but only with Powder, but the Storm increasing, Griffith bad them charge with Ball and Fire, and further said, as it was Sworn viz. We shall be Kill'd, Fi e and Kill the Dogs, or they't kill us and thereupon Johane In. Nubibus gave Fire, by which Shot Stockall was Killed. Griffith coming to make his Defence, after he had declared what Damage he sustained, by his Cattle refusing to drink the Water, by reason of the Boys frequently washing in it, and how he was assaulted in his house, and divers persons to prove that he was not present when the Gun went off that killed Stockdale but being Bruised and Wounded, he retired to the house of one Mr. Roxfords, and stayed there till he sent home for the two Grannadiers that were left behind to fetch him off, and there he had the first news brought him that a Man was killed; but the Evidence for King being possitive that they heard him give order Charge and Fire with Ball, and one of them attesting that he was present when Stock all was Killed, he was found Guilty of Manslaughter . As for Mr. Houghton there being no other proof against him, than that fetch'd the Granadiers, he was Acquitted .

[No punishment. See summary.]

John Moor , Obedia Bows , and Richard Baston , are Tryed upon an Indictment, for Riotously and Tumulteously assembling with divers others to pull down the house of Thomas Griffith of St. Andrews Holbourn on the 17th of July last, &c. Upon Tryal it appeared that they were not only active themselves in opposing the Authority that came to suppress the Tumult and, order; but also industrious in Encouraging others do the like, and by throwing of Brickbats, Stones, at the Constables and Guards, &c. and against Baston itwas more particularly proved, that he with the help of others, having wrested a Musquet from one Thomas Mills then in Arms, broke it over his Head, and by the forcible blow knock'd him down, and much wounded him, and none of them being capable of denying they were present at that unhappy disturbance, as being taken on the Spot, they were found Guilty of the said Ryot.

[Whipping. See summary.]

[Fine. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

[Provide sureties for good behaviour. See summary.]

Elias Jones , Jonas Kendrick , John Springham , William Butler , Samuel Slaughter , Peter Lemar , and Giles Tro der , were Tryed upon an Indictment as the former for Riotously and Tumultuously Assembling in the same Parish, on the 24th of July , to pull down the house of Thomas Griffith , at what time they Beat and much Bruised one Rust, and others who Aided the Constables in order to disperse them ; but the proof being only against Jones, Kendrick, and Springham, they were found Guilty of the Ryot, and the other four against whom there was no possitive Proof of their being in the Croud, or any ways Aiding or Abeting, were Acquitted .

[Whipping. See summary.]

[Fine. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

[Provide sureties for good behaviour. See summary.]

Simon Williams and William Wild , were Tryed upon a like Indictment, for that they being Riotously and Tumultuoutly Assembled, together with 500 other persons, on the 31st of July last, forcibly entered and pulled down the Shead or Musique Booth of Charles Eaton , breaking and destroying all his Goods, &c. and it appearing upon Tryal, that they were actually instrumental therein the Jury round them Guilty of the Ryot.

[Whipping. See summary.]

[Fine. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

[Provide sureties for good behaviour. See summary.]

George Ogleby , Charles Hews , and J - C - were Tryed for entring and breaking the house of Edmund Whitehead of the Parish of St. Andrews Holbourn , and taking thence a Cravat, Shirts, a pair of Gloves, a Golden Seal a Gold Ring, and other things of value; the Goods of John Chapple : The Evidence against them was, that they were found in the house, and had taken the Goods out of the Trunk of Mr. Chapple; and although they over power'd him; and made their escape at a back. Door, and got into an adjacent Yard, yet upon his crying out Thieves, and help coming in, they after some resistance were taken, and not being able to deny the Fact but rather excusing It upon each other, they were found Guilty of the Felony and Burglary.

[Death. See summary.]

David Davis, alias Williams , being Indicted, together with Robert Powr , for stealing a Silver Tankard, value 6 l. from Richard Engls of St. Brides , on the 9th of August . Confessed upon his Arraignment the Felony, and pleaded Guilty to all others within the Benefit of the Clergy.

[Branding. See summary.]

Adam White , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was Tryed for stealing 14 l. 10 s. from Thomas Parsons , out of the Waggon of the said Parsons, on the 4th of August : The proof against the Prisoner was, that he being seen with a good part of the Monys, and suspected not to have come justly by it, as being but a very Youth ; he was no sooner questioned but he confessed he had it out of a Waggon in St. Giles's, and that at first it was he Sum mentioned, but he had bought him a Hat, Shirt and Coat with part of it, but in Court he pleaded that he found it; and there being no Evidence given how it as placed or laid in the Waggon, the Jury supposing it might be dropped, and by that means fall into his hands, Acquitted him.

Francis Read being Indicted for stealing a Box, a Bag. al 98 l. in Monys , from Robert Frim of Queenhith , on 2d of August last; upon his Arraignment confessed to Indictment, pleading Guilty , &c.

[Branding. See summary.]

Giles Barns , was Tryed for entring in the Night-time, the house of George Prince , of the Parish of St. Olives Silverstreet , on the 23d of August last, and taking thence for Shirts, value 8 s. and a Cloath Coat, value 2 s. the Goods of William Nevit : Upon Tryal it appeared, there was found packing up the things mentioned, with he had taken out of a Trunk above Stairs, and there was secured e're he could make his escape out of the use, and he having nothing to offer in his defence, but at he was much in drink, and that pursuing or following one of his Comrades, he accidentally blundered up the wrong Stairs, he was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Frances Cook , was Tryed for stealing 16 Yards of Musling, value 24 s. from John Colebrook and Partners , of the Parish of St. Michael Cornhill , on the 26th of July The Proof against her was, that she coming into the Shop of she prosecutors to bargain for Musling; the Parcel specified, upon her departure was missing , and that she confessed upon her being Apprehended, about a Week after that she had it, but in Court pleading she bought it, and laid her Monys down upon the Counter, and that she had been a Customer to the Shop of some standing, and that at the same time there were several Persons that might probably take up the Mony after she was gone, the Jury Acquitted her.

Philip Stains was Tryed for Robbing the house of Richard Goud , of St. Buttolphs Bishopsgate , on the 8th of March last, and taking thence, one Silver Cup, four Silver Spoons, six Gold Rings, one Silver Box, one Silver Whistle, ten Guineas, one half Crown Piece of Silver, a Purse, and other things of value : The Proof against him was, that he with one King, lately Executed for the same Fact, coming into the house of the Prosecutor, and enquiring for a private Room, being shewed up Stairs, took their opportunity to pick the Lock of another Chamber, and of a Trunk and Cabinet, and paying their Reckoning departed, but the things being instantly missing, and great Notice taken of the Prisoner, she was sometime after found in Newgate, where he stood Committed for another Fact; and upon three possitive Oaths, that he was one of the same party that was in the house when the Robbery was Committed, and that no other but he and his Comrade could commit it although he pleaded He never was in the house, the Jury found him Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Mary Benson , was Tryed upon two Indictments, first for Robbing , and afterwards Fireing the house of Benjamin Peak , Esq. on the 28th of July last, against whom it appeared upon Tryal, that she living with the above named Gentleman in the nature of a Servant , and a little before the Facts committed, another Maid taken into the house to succeed her in her Service; She when her Master was in Bed, perswaded the other Maid to betake her to her Lodging. Likewise, and then pretending to go down for some Beer, she filled a large Iron Chafing-Dish with live Wood Coals, and putting part of Faggot upon them, set the Chafing Dish in the Pantry or Closet, on the upermost Shelf next the Cealing in the Kitchen and leaving it there, departed with a structure set in Diamonds, value 60 l. a Silver Tankard, value 8 l. and a Silver Chasing-Dish, value 50 s. with ther things of value, Locking the Door after her, taking they Key with her; at what time, the Maid had left in her Chamber missing her, and wondering at her stay, came down, and espying the Fire had the Courage and good Luck to quench it e're it did any other harm than burn through the Ceeling and Boards of the upper Flore, yet the next day Mary Benson returned, and being Apprehended made her escape but was soon after taken, and the Goods found where she had disposed of them; As to the Firing the house she pleaded ignorance, and endeavoured to lay it upon the other Maid; but for the Goods, &c. she confessed she carried them out of the house, in order to deliver them to one Mrs. Harwood, by the order of Lady, &c. But the Circumstances that attended the wicked Enterprise, making it appear far otherwise she was found Guilty upon both Indictments.

[Death. See summary.]

M - R - was Tryed for stealing 10 Yards of Flowerd Silk, value 6 l. from Philip Gregory , of Lumbard street , on the 15th of June last: Upon Tryal it appeared, that she coming into the Shop of the Prosecutor upon her departure the Silk was missing , and soon after discovered at a Shop in Houndsditch, where by her order it had been left, in order to be exposed to Sale; that upon the discovery of it, she sent for it away, whichshe had owned to one of the Witnesses; so that upon these and other Circumstances, she having nothing material to offer in her own defence, the Jury found her Guilty of the Felony.

[No punishment. See summary.]

Robert Cower , was Tryed for stealing a Silver Tankard from Richard Eagle , of the Parish of St. Brides , on the 9th of August last, but there nothing appearing against him, than that he had Rescued David Davis , alias Williams when he was Apprehended for the Fact, and who since upon his Arraignment confessed the stealing, he was Acquitted .

Robert Andrews , was Tryed for breaking the house of William Deney , of the Parish of St. Mary Woolnoth , on the 26th of July last, and stealing a Pillowbear, a pair of Sheets, two Gowns, a Petticoat, a Cap, a Handkerchief, and other Goods : The Proof against him was, that the Maid of the house going up Stairs perceived him where he was hid, he forced his way down and leaped out at a Window, and by the help of a Shead that was backward got away, but being pursued, he was taken with part of the Goods about him, to which he only alledging that he never was in the house, and as for the Goods a Man dropped them and he took them up he was found Guilty within the Penalty of Pettelarcenary; no breaking open the house appearing upon the Evidence .

[Whipping. See summary.]

George St. George , was Tryed for stealing a Bever-Hat, value 30 s. from the person of John Smith , of the Parish of St. Brides, on the 23d of August . The Witness against him was Smith, who deposed that a little above Fleet-Bridge he met three or four persons, one of which Swearing an Oath, asked him what Friend he was to Tom Turner, and thereupon they assaulted and beat him, and in the end carried off his Hat , it being about ten in the Evening, but getting the Watch, he pursued them, and Apprehended the Prisoner near the Green Dragon Tavern, but he pleading he was not one of those that abused the Prosecutor and that he had been about other Affairs, the Jury considering that by reason of the Consternation the Prosecutor was in at the time when he was Robbed and darkness of the Night, the Prosecutor might be mistaken, and so they Acquitted the Prisoner.

T - C - and Samuel Kidwell , of St. Andrews Holbourn , were Tryed for Killing Robert Cook , on the 27th of July , by giving him a Mortal Wound in the Belly with a Sword : Upon Tryal it appeared, that the Deceased standing by the Musique Booth in the Fields near Grays-Inn , the Prisoners came out of the Booth where they had been Quarreling with the people, and the former of which, as the Deceased's Back was towards him, struck him with his drawn Sword, and whilst he was turning about to see who it was, he run him into the Belly, of which Wound within two hours he Dyed. It farther appeared that the latter had likewise his Sword drawn, Swearing that he would Kill the party that pursued his Companion; and they making little or no Defence to the purpose, were both found Guilty of the Murther.

[Death. See summary.]

Martha Smith , was Tryed for picking the Pocket of Joseph Sexton of six pieces of Gold called French Pistols , &c. in Friday-street , on the 2d of July last, the Witness was Sexton, who deposed that two Woman picking him up, they took their opportunity to pick his Pocket and made their escape, but he making pursute after them, apprehended the Prisoner, but not being able to Swear she was one of them, nor the exact time when he lost his Mony, and she pleading she had been to see for a Letter from her Husband, and never saw the Prosecutor before he Apprehended her, she was Acquitted .

Elizabeth Green, alias Mount Joy , was Tryed for putting away Clipp'd Mony for the Encouragement of Clippers, for Lucre and Gain Sake ; but nothing more appearing, than that she had put away Clipp'd Monys in exchange for Guineas, she was Acquitted .

John Stafford , of the Parish of St. Giles's in the Fields , was Tryed upon two Indictments, for Killing Robert Norman and John Grey , by giving either of them of Mortal Wound in the Thigh by the discharge of a Pistol loaden with Bullet on the 22d of July last, upon Tryal it appeared that Mr. Stafford and Mr. Grey, being late abroad, and quarrelling with some of the Watchmen of St. Giles that were upon Duty, after some Scuffles Grey was Knocked down, and had his Head Broke in two places, when being secur'd, and carried to the Watch-house, Stafford that had made his escape; having fetch'd his Pistols, came to demand him with one Pistol Cock'd, and many Threats, but a Chirurgeon that was procured by the Constable being then busie in dressing his Wound, the Constable intreated him to come into the Watch house and stay, and he should be deliver'd to him, when accordingly Grey coming up, Stafford upon pushing the Constable, being struck at by one of the Watchmen, whose Staff fell short, fired his Pistols, so that the Bullet passing through Norman's, Thigh, entred Greys of which Wounds within six days they Dyed. In his excuse, he produced divers Chirurgeons, and several persons of Eminent Quality, to attest that having formerly received a Blow on the Head, for which his Scul was Tree pan'd, he had ever since for the most part been little better than a Distracted Man, but that not appearing at this time; he was found Guilty of Murther upon both Indictments.

[Death. See summary.]

Barbara Thornbury , was Tryed for stealing 29 s. from George Sheepside , of the Parish of St. Mary Woolchurch , on the 3d of August . The Evidence against her was; that she coming often to the house of the Prosecutor, under pretence to be a Nurse to his Wife, took her opportunity to take it out of a Bag that lay in a Trunk and that she being in the Compter upon Suspicion, had offered to pay so much Monys if they would make it a Debt, for otherwise her Friends would not appear in it, but there being no possitive Proof of the taking, not that she had confessed she took it, the Jury Acquitted her.

Thomas Littleford as Principal, and Mary Cornwhite as Accessary, were Tryed for breaking of the Chamber of Sir Edmund Anderson , in Cony-Court in Grays Inn , on the 2d of August last, and taking thence a Point Cravat; a Cornet, a wrought Bed Silver wrought Cushions, a Shirt, a Bolster, a pair of Curtains, Sheets, and other goods to a very considerable value : Upon Tryal it appeared, that the Chamber had been entred and in many Locks broke open, and the Goods taken away, part of which were found in the possession of Cornwhite, and were brought thither by Littleford and others, who had been seen a little before very full of Monys & offering another part of the Goods to Sale, so that the proof being full against him, he was found Guilty of the Felony, but not, of the Breaking , and Cornwhite pleading that they were lodged in her house under the presence of being an Upholsterers Good that had failed in his Trade, and it not appearing she had any profit thereby she was Acquitted .

[Death. See summary.]

John Lyon , of St. Margarets Westminster , was Tryed, for Killing Elizabeth Dutton , on the 14th of July last, by giving her a Mortal Wound in the Belly with a Rapier, being Indicted for Murther at Common Law, and upon the Statute of Stabing : Upon the Evidence it appeared, that there happend that day a Scuffle between the Prisoner and one of the Daugbters of the Deceased, in which she and her Maid had very much beat and misused him, he had retired to his Chamber, and in a sullen Mood shut himself up, of which the Deceased having Notice, came to it erpose and reconcile the Difference; when coming into his Chamber with her Daughter and others; he retired to his Closet and bid them stand off at their Perril, but sore of the Company daring him out, he at last threw open the Door, and in a furious manner Rushing on with a dawn Sword gave the Deceased her Mortal Wound, of which she the next day Dyed. To this he Pleaded they had teased him and made him Mad, that he knew not what he did and that they breaking in upon him, the Deceased pressed upon the Point of the Sword, so that he was found Guilty of Manslaughter only .

[Branding. See summary.]

Thomas Bishop of Barnet , was Tryed for stealing Gelding, value 25 l. from Barnaby Tunstall , upon whose Tryal,it appearing that the Gelding being put out to Grass to the Master of the Prisoner, he had taken him and sold him to one Dyer a Coach man; but the Prisoner alledging that he borrowed him of his Mistress to Ride a Journey and Sold him out of Necessity; and it further appearing the Prosecutor had the Horse again, and the Prisoner pay'd back the Mony, he was Acquitted .

Peter Minchal and George Stockwell , were Tryed for stealing an Embroidered Housing, a pair of Holster Caps, and 100 Ounces of Silver, from Sir Bevil Greenvil , in the Parish of Heston, on the 29th, of July ; upon Tryal it appeared that Sir Bevil's Stable in the Camp time on Hounslow Heath being broken open , and the Goods mentioned taken thence, Stockwell was Apprehended in Kings-street, Westminster as a Suspitious person, and upon search, part of the Silver found about him, and soon after it was discovered where he and his Companion had disposed of the Embroidered Housing and Holster-Caps to a Taylor in Truck for Cloaths, to which they Pleaded that they did not steal them, but had them of two Souldiers they met coming from Hounslow, but not being able to make it appear, they were found Guilty, yet of the Felony only .

[Minchal: Death. See summary.]

[Stockwell: Branding. See summary.]

S - R , was Tryed for stealing a Silver Beaker. value 20 s. from Judith Ratclif , of St. James's, Westminster , on the 4th. of August ; The Proof against him was, that watching his opportunity he stole into the Parlour of the Prosecutor, and taking the Beaker fled in order to make his escape, but being pursued, he was taken with it under his Coat, and having nothing to offer for himself, but that his running was to see a Regiment of Horse that was passing by, he was found Guilty of the Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Henry Evans and Robert Rose , were Tryed for that they, together with Daniel Travel , Daniel Watson , and others, broke open the Cellar of William Smith , of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , on the 13th of July last, and took thence six Hogs-Heads of Sweet Wine, value 30 l. six Bags, a Brass Kettle and a Wine-Press ; but upon Tryal it appearing there had been a Bargain of Partenership between Travel, who set the rest on work, and Smith the Prosecutor, and the Goods carried away in Carts at Noon day, the Court adjudged it no Felony, but rather a Trespass, and thereupon the Prisoners were Acquitted .

Sarah Gourdon , of the Parish of Stepney , was put upon her Tryal for Clipping, and Filing divers pieces of Curant Monys of this Kingdom, as King Charles the First, last Crowns and Shillings, &c. on the 4th of January last, but no Evidence appearing against her, she was Acquitted .

William Smith of Hampton in the County of Middlesex, was Tryed for stealing two Cows, value 3 l. 10 s. from John Sansbury , and two other Cows value 6 l. from Thomas Bridges , on the 30th of July last, the Proof against him was, that the Cows were found where he had sold them, nor did he deny it in Court, only alledging that he thought they had been his own which were sent him out of the Country, and which he had over Night receive in the Dark, and could not well distinguish, but that being look'd upon as a frivolous excuse, he was found Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Margaret Gravel , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was Tryed or stealing a Brass Ladle and Kettle, value 7 s. from John Longfield , on the 8th of August last: The Proof against her was, that the Prisoner having opportunity to con into the house where the Goods were, they were missing, and soon afterwards they were found where she had disposed of them; but she pleading that they were given her by a Man that had sometimes used her house, towards house-keeping, and bringing some Proof of her Reputation, she was Acquitted .

Mlicent Blackley , was Tryed for stealing a Silver Cup, value 4 l. from Samuel Hilliard , of St. Mary Savoy , on the 5th of June last; upon Tryal it appeared, that she came into the house about a Sleveless Errand, and that upon her coming in the plate was seen, but presently upon her departure missed; but she denying the Fact, and there being no Proof of her taking it, she was Acquitted .

William Locton , of the Parish of Fullham , in the County of Middlesex, was Tryed for taking from Ann Jones a Stuff Gown, value 5 s. on the 24th of August , the Evidence against him was Ann Jones ; who deposed that she being in her Master's Garden gathering Herbs, the Prisoner came upon her before she was awar and Kick'd her on the Head as she was stooping, then stopped her Mouth full of Stones and Gravel, and striped her of her Gown, and was about to Gag her; but a Gentlemen coming by in the mean time, he fled and left her, as also her Gown in the Hedge, but being pursued he was taken some distance thence in a Field, to which he Pleaded he was not the Man, nor had he been near the house, but was comeing from Oxford and lay the Night before at Stains, but the Maid being positive in her Evidence, he was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Thomas Mathews of Hendon , was Tryed for stealing Hammers, a File, and 200 Horse-Nails, from Thomas Newman , on the 22d of July last, in all to the value of 9 s. 3 d. The Proof against him was, that part of the Goods were found where he had hidden and dispos'd of them, and that he had confessed the Fact, yet he being but a meer Child , the Jury thought fit to bring him in Guilty only to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Josias Bird , was Tryed for breaking the house of William Fortenham , of the Parish of Stepney on the 14th of August in the Night time with an intent to steal . The proof against him was, that he and another person coming into the Yard of the Prosecutor took down the Shutter and the Casement of the Window, thereby to make way for their Entrance into the house, but by the Noise they made being discovered, they fled, but the Prisoner was soon after taken; yet it appearing they had taken nothing away, the Jury Acquitted them.

Ruth Barnes of the Parish of White Chappel , was Tryed for entring the house of William Twist , on the 25th of August , and taking thence a Brass-Pan, value 2 s 6 d. the Evidence against her was Twist, who deposed that seeing the Prisoner hankering about his house, and having before lost divers things, he had an Eye upon her, suffering her to enter his out-house and take away the Pan, but she scarcely carried it out of the Yard before he seized her and she having nothing to say for her self, but that she knew not how she came thither, she was found Guilty within the Penalty of Pettelarcenary .

[Whipping. See summary.]

Robert Brown was Tryed for stealing a Hat, value 10 d from Daniel Spencer of Stepney , on the 26th of August . The Evidence against him was Spencer, who deposed that being over the way at a Neighbours the Prisoner entered his Shop, and when he was asked what he would have, and told by a Neighbour that the Master of the Shop was over the way, he said he had a Hat to dress, yet pretending haste departed, but was taken before he had gone with the Hat, for which he was brought upon his Tryal and having nothing material to offer, he was found Guilty .

[Whipping. See summary.]

Robert Brown of St. James's Westminster , was Tryal for Melting down Clippings to the Encouragement of Clippers and Defacers of the Currant Coin of this Kingdom, on the 12th of August , to the quantitie of 12 Ounce upon Tryal it appeared, that he coming to the house of a Working Silver-Smith, in his absence got leave of his Wife to burn (as he pretended) some Silver Lace in the Forge, refusing to do it at the Cole-Fire, when sending for Charcole, and staying there about two hours he deposed and soon after his departure, a parcel of Clippings where found there supposed to be left by him as also a piece of a Melting-Pot and a Hoop, to which he pleaded ignorance saying the reason he made so great a Fire, was in order and to have an Ink-Case mended, which he had left there some time before, and the Clippings being only Circumstancially proved to be left by him, he was Acquitted .

Ann Cowell , of the Parish of St. James's Clarkwell wasTryed for Coining and uttering divers false and Counterfeit pieces of Mony, in imitation and likeness of the Currant Coin of this Kingdom , but it only appearing upon Tryal that she had put away bad Monys at several times, and rubed a Brass part of a Half Crown, to make it pass Currant, and no Coining as it was laid in the Indictment proved, she was Acquitted .

Susanah Morrice and Susanah Lewis , of the Parish of Whitechappel , were Tryed for entring the house of Robert Wright , in the Night time, on the 5th of August , and taking thence six Plates, value 6 s. a Peuter Dish, five Smocks, and other Goods . The proof was, that the same Morning by four of the Clock, Susanah Morrice was met with a Bundle on her Head, which seemed to those that saw it to be Cloaths and Peuter, and that Susanah Lewis was seen with her late the Night before, but they denying the Fact; and there being no other Evidence, the Jury concluded this insufficent and Acquited them.

Mary King was tryed for stealing a pair of Sheets, a Pillowbear, three Aprons, two Handkerchief, a Lace, a piece of Evil Gold, 40 s in Mony, and other Goods of value , on the 1st of July last, from Thomas Hodges of the Parish of Stepney : The proof against her was, that she pretending to be a Cousin to one Elizabeth Thacker , who lived with the Prosecutor in the nature of a Servant Maid, in the absence of the Master and Mistress they both agreed to take the Goods and leave the house, which accordingly they did by breaking up a Trunk, &c. but soon after search being made, part of the Goods were found in the possession of Mary King : The Prisoner and she having nothing to offer, but that Elizabeth Thacker gave them her, she was found Guilty of the Felony.

[Death -respited for pregnancy. See summary.]

George Bennet of the Parish of St. Andrews Holbourn , was Tryed upon an Indictment of Trespass, for keeping in his possession Clipping Sheers, Files, and other the like Instruments, and for having likewise a paper of File dust , upon Tryal it appeared, that upon his coming to remove the Goods of a person that formerly lodged in London, but is now in the Country; upon taking a piece of Buff Leather from behind the glass the Landlord who was by, looking upon it, and receiving black marks, suspected it to be a Leather that Clipp'd Monys was usually rubb'd on, and thereupon proceeded to search the Lodgings of the Prisoner, where two pair of Sheers, a File, and a paper of File dust were found; but he pleading ignorance, and no proof made at that they were his, the Jury Acquitted him.

Philip Boran, alias Stains , was put upon his Tryal, for that he together with one Thomas Gilson , entred the house of Sarah Almond of Stepney , on the 21st of May 1ast, taking thence 50 s. ; but no Evidence appearing against him he was Acquitted .

Joseph Utting , being Indicted for stealing Goods and Monys to the value of 80 l from Stephen Dunch , on the th of July last; he upon his Arraignment pleaded Guilty to that and all other Felonies within the Benefit of his Clergy.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Thomazan Tully of the parish of Whitechappel , was Tryed for stealing one pair of Staies, one pair of Gloves Lac'd Cravat, three Handkerchiefs, three Ounces of and twelve Forehead Cloaths , from Mary Manzer , on the 4th of July , but no Evidence appearing to prove the Facts he was Acquitted .

John Urwin , was Tryed for stealing two Cloath Coats and Dozen of Buttons , from John Morrice of St. Andrews Holbourn , on the 26th of July last: Upon Tryal it appeared, that the Prisoner being a Lodger in the house of the Prosecutor, took his opportunity to send his wife upon a Sleveless Errand, and by that means being all alone, he broke open a Door and took away the hat, but being soon after Apprehended, one of the Hats was found upon his Back, and he having little material to offer in his own Defence, was found Guilty of the Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Steers , was Tryed for picking the Pocket of one John Worsly in the Parish of Whitechappel , on the 13th of July , and taking from his person 30 s. ; the Witness against her was the Prosecutor, who deposed that being in a Tavern late, the Prisoner and another Woman named King, intruded into his Company, and afterward had him home to their Lodging where he lay all Night, and in the Morning he missed his Mony, and further, that the Prisoner had confessed she had bit him, and gave King 10 s. for her snack, as she termed it; but she pleading ignorance, and it appearing that the Prosecutor was very much in drink, not knowing certainly when, or in what place he lost his Mony, she was Acquitted .

William Edwards as Principal, and Elizabeth Evans as Accessary, after the Felony Committed were Tryed, for stealing two Pinners, twenty two Yards of Musling, two pieces of Point, and other Goods from Henrieta Maria Bradshaw , of the Parish of St. Pauls Covent-Garden , on the 10th of August . The proof against him was, that soon after the Robbery Committed, he being suspected and searched, the Point was found about him, and upon his being had before a Justice be confessed the Fact, and how he had disposed of them; not being well able to deny it in Court, he was found Guilty , but the Evidence being defective against Evans, she was Acquitted .

[Death. See summary.]

William Boroughs , was Tryed for stealing six Curtains, a Counterpain and a pair of Holland Sheets from a person unknown, on the 20th of August ; the proof against him was, that he was taken as being known to be a Thief, with the Goods early in the Morning in the parish of St. Giles's Cripplegate, and at the same time two others of his Companions that were with him fled, and he not being able to give any satisfactory account where he had them, was Committed to Prison, but in Court pleading he found them in Islington Fields, and no owner appear-in, he was Acquitted .

John Stone , was tryed for Killing Charles Lanfield , by giving him a Wound in the Belly with a Rapier, on the 28th of May last, of which he languished till the 30th, and then Dyed ; upon Tryal it appeared that the Prisoner and the Decreased being together, as it was thought good Friends, the Latter started up and drew his Sword, and with many Menaces bid the former draw, which he refused, endeavouring to pacifie him, but not being able to do it, and the Deceased pressing upon him with his drawn Sword, as he Retreated, forced himself upon the point of his Sword, and received the Wound whereof he Dyed, and no former Malice appearing, but that on the contrary they had been all along very good Friends, till this unhappy Accident; the Court was of Opinion, it could be no other than Se Defendendo, and thereupon the Jury Acquitted the Prisoner.

Robert Robinson was Tryed, for that he together with one Maxfield, not yet taken, stole out of the house of Thomas Sedgley , of the parish of St. Allhallows the Great , a Silver Cup, value 4 s. two Spoons, a Salt, a Tankard and a Brandy Taster, on the 12th of July . The Evidence, against him was that he had confessed the taking the plate, and he not being well able to deny the Fact, was found Guilty of the Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Miller , of the parish of St. Clements Danes , was Tryed for picking the pocket of John Murphey , on the 3d of August , of 6 l. but it appearing a frivelous or rather malicious prosecution, thought to be grounded upon the Prisoner's having troubled one Captain Graunt, for the Kidnaping her Husband, and she giving a very good Account, of her Reputation, the Jury Acquitted her.

William Wright , was Tryed for stealing a Silk Gown, a Sattain Petticoat, three Shifts, four pair of Sleeves, eight Handkerchief, eight Guineas, and 5 l. in Silver , from William Hall , of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , on the 8th of August : The Proof against him was, that being a Lodger in the house of the Prosecutor, in the same Room where a Trunk was with the Goods, he broke it open and took them out, and that part of them were found about him when he was Apprehended, to which he pleaded Ignorance, alledging that they wrong'd him in their Evidence, but giving no Account of his Reputation, he was found Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

The Tryals being over, the Court proceeded to give Judgment, &c.

The Persons Burnt in the Hand, 9. &c. were viz.

Robert Robinson ,

William Smith ,

S - r

David Davis alias Williams,

John Lyon ,

George Stochwell .

Francis Read ,

William Wright ,

John Urwin .

Order'd to be Transported 1, viz.

Joseph Uting .

The Persons that Received Sentence of Death were 13, viz.

George Ogleby ,

J - C -

Samuel Kidwell ,

Thomas Garret alias Knowles,

William Edwards ,

Mary Benson ,

Charles Hews ,

John Stafford ,

T - C -

Thomas Littleford ,

Peter Minchal ,

Philip Staines ,

Mary King ,

and M - R - who had incur'd the like Penalty, was repreived before Judgment.

Sentenced to be Whip'd as Pettilarcenary, 7, viz.

Giles Berns ,

Thomas Mathews ,

Robert Brown ,

Roger Clark ,

Robert Andrews ,

William Lacton,

Ruth Barnes ,

The Women that received Sentence of Death pleaded their Bellys, but upon the Enquiry of a Jury of Women Impannel'd for that purpose only Mary King was found quick with Child.

The Persons Sentenced as Ryoters, were 8, viz.

John Moor ,

Richard Baston ,

Jonas Kendrick ,

Simon Williams ,

Obadia Bows,

Elias Jones ,

John Springham

William Wild .

These being found Guilty of a Ryot, where Sentenced to be Whip'd from Holbourn Bars to Griffith's House, where it was first Committed, to pay five Marks each, as a Fine to the King. To be put to hard Labour in the House of Correction for the space of three Months, and to find Sureties for their good Behaviour during the Twelve-Month, but Mr. Recorder was pleased to say, he would suspend the Execution of the Sentence, till the Kings pleasure was known in relation thereto.

Thomas Griffith , upon being refused the Bench of his Clergy, as having already incur'd the Penalty of Manslaughter, produced a Pardon for the former Offence, and moved by Counsel that it might be allowed in Bar; but it being a matter of great Moment, the Court suspended his Sentence and consult to consider of it till the next Sessions,